I write a lot!
I have even more writing yet to do.
I am working/writing on several projects at the moment!
But why do I write?
Wendy Welch, in her story about their second hand bookstore (The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap) offered this thought to explain why writers write.
"I think writers write because it's a device to make sense of what's happening around us, to order and calm and clarify our thoughts. We scribble down flashes of insight, obsevatins, ideas because we believe other people will identify with us, understand what we think, feel the same way about something, or even - oh great arrogance - benefit from what we have to relate."
She is right about writing. About why I write.
Much of my writing is only for mysef. For Brian to make sense out of what is happening in me and around me . . . to discern and interpret God's presence, work and Word . . . to find God in all things . . . and then to respond to the invitations of God. No one else sees this writing.
I do all this writing - longhand, in my journal, on notepaper, scribbling down thoughts on Post-It-Notes... Only after I have this raw original thought dump on paper, do I begin the refining, editing process on a computer (whether blogging, or writing essays or books).
Then I write to share with others (some) of what I experience. Because I think I have learned a thing or two that may be helpful to others. Of course, that is why I teach and facilitate learning. I am actually even more interested in helping people become learners and discovering the wisdom and grace God has for them, then for them to listen in on the wisdom and grace I have found.
Still, if my own learning journey is helpful to stimulate that of another - I will not only speak of the things I have found, but I'll write about them as well.
Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions Intl